SPS Our research focuses on the realization and study of oxide heterostructures with the aim of developing new materials by design. Click here to read a recent article about our work in the Swiss Physical Society Mitteilungen.


Chemical compounds with at least one oxygen can be called oxides. Oxide materials display a huge range of properties providing a plethora of possible functionalities such as ferroelectricity, high-temperature superconductivity, multiferroicity, piezoelectricity and thermoelectricity, to name but a few. And this is just considering the bulk materials; once in the nanoscale form and combined with other materials, even more intriguing phenomena emerge. Devices incorporating oxides are already widely used in everyday life.


Nowadays, these exciting materials are in the spotlight of many theoretical and experimental research groups all over the world. With ever-advancing deposition techniques, artificial materials can be designed with atomic-scale control.


Our group is part of a large worldwide research effort towards understanding the rich physics of oxides. For more detailed information on our ongoing projects, please select your topic of interest from the menu on the right. Click here to see some of our laboratories and here to browse our publications.


For further reading on oxide heterostructures and interfaces we recommend the following reviews:


M. Lorenz et al., The 2016 Oxide Electronic Materials and Oxide Interfaces Roadmap, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49, 433001 (2016)

J. Mannhart, and D. G. Schlom, Oxide Interfaces – An Opportunity for Electronics, Science 327, 1607 (2010)

P. Zubko, S. Gariglio, M. Gabay, P. Ghosez, and J.-M. Triscone, Interface Physics in Complex Oxide Heterostructures, Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys. 2, 141 (2011)

H. Y. Hwang, Y. Iwasa, M. Kawasaki, B. Keimer, N. Nagaosa, and Y. Tokura, Emergent Phenomena at Oxide Interfaces, Nature Materials 11, 103 (2012)